• Pet Food

    Vegan dog food grows in popularity among eco-conscious pet owners

    Consumer concerns about health and the environment are spurring the rise of a new meat-free category: pet food. Amid growing pet ownership fuelled by the pandemic, owners want to apply their own dietary habits and values to their animals, and are willing to pay more to do so. This has led to the launch of products from plant-based dog food to pet treats made from insects, say executives and analysts. “The modern consumer and pet owner wants to feed their pet companions the same way they feed themselves,” said Michael Lavin, founder of agri and food tech venture capital firm Germin8, which specialises in animal nutrition and health. “They apply…

  • Pet Food

    Study finds vegan pet food as healthy as meat

    A vegan-based diet for cats and dogs can be just as healthy as a meat-based one, according to a study that hopes to promote plant-based meals for pets. In his research on cats and dogs, a veterinary professor at the University of Winchester, Andrew Knight, told The Guardian that plant-based diets on pets worked well, or even better, than meaty pet food regarding health outcomes — although synthetic nutrients were added. In the U.K., the research is somewhat controversial as pet owners who fail to feed their pets a “suitable diet” based on their nutritional needs could be fined more than $27,500 or jailed in the name of the Animal…

  • Pet Food

    Vegan pet food as healthy for cats and dogs as meat, says veterinary professor | Veganism

    Vegan diets are just as healthy for cats and dogs as meat-based pet food, according to research that will further fuel a row over whether owners should feed their pets plant-based meals. Andrew Knight, a veterinary professor at the University of Winchester, said his research showed that cats and dogs had as good, or better, health outcomes on plant-based diets as they did when fed on meat pet foods, provided these were carefully formulated with additional synthetic nutrients. Knight’s findings came after warnings that pet owners could be in breach of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 if they fail to feed a “suitable diet” meeting their dog’s nutritional needs –…